The start of the NBA regular season is about a week-and-a-half away, and Golden State Warriors fans are eager to see what Chris Paul will look like on their team.
Acquiring him was a curious move, as the Warriors jettisoned young sharpshooting guard Jordan Poole, a key member of their 2022 championship team, in order to get the 38-year-old future Hall of Famer.
Many have questioned the move, but Paul isn’t concerned about it working, especially since, as he said, he has switched teams several times before, via Warriors on NBCS.
CP3 explains to @itszenakeita why he believes the fit with the Dubs has been seamless
— Warriors on NBCS (@NBCSWarriors) October 13, 2023
To be exact, Paul spent his first 12 pro seasons with the New Orleans Hornets and Los Angeles Clippers, but since then, he has been a member of four different teams, including now the Warriors.
The concern about his fit has to do with the fact that he has always loved to slow down the pace and control the ball for most of the shot clock, while Golden State has always been a fast-breaking team that utilizes lots of ball and player movement in its set offense.
At the same time, if things work out, it could be a mutually beneficial partnership, as Paul could help reduce the workload of the 35-year-old Stephen Curry while playing fewer minutes and carrying a lesser workload himself.
Paul’s scoring numbers, both in terms of points and shooting percentage, have been in sharp decline over the last year or two, which is another legitimate concern for the Warriors.
He is still in search of his first NBA championship ring, and this could perhaps be the Warriors’ last shot at another one, given the age of their roster.NEXT: Reporter Details Klay Thompson's Potential New Deal With Warriors